Tomorrow sees two former heavyweights of the Premier League square up in a match which could decide the games most important trophy – 4th place.
While the previous paragraph was meant in jest, sadly it is probably quite close to the truth. The bottom line is we are sitting in 6th and 7th respectively in the Premier League table, and both teams have been performing well below par this season.
So how will this clash go?
If it was at Old Trafford then I would say we were nailed on to lose. That’s how confident I am with Arsenal, and in particular their defence (or lack thereof). We have been a shambles this season, only with Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez as the bright sparks of this season.
At The Emirates however, we have bit more hope. We lead Manchester City 2-1 until they scored a late equaliser, and the performance that day was pretty good. But we no longer have Mathieu Debuchy or Laurent Koscienly in our back line and Arsene is trying his best to f*ck that up as much as possible. Calum Chambers must surely play in the middle with Per Mertesacker, and Hector Bellerin should slot in on the right.
Welbeck and Sanchez will cause United problems with their own make-shift defence but only if they get the required service. That means we need to also sort out our midfield which has been pretty poor this season. Not including Tomas Rosicky at all is mind-baffling and Santi Cazorla has clearly been over-played and needs a rest. If I could choose the midfield, I’d go with The Ox on the left, Jack and Rambo in the middle and then give Theo his first start on the right. He’s chomping at the bit to start a game this season and he is player who can excite the crowd and get people on their feet. The boost he could give the team and the fans could be the different on the day.
With both teams having shaky defences, I can either see it being a goal fest or a dull game where both teams focus too much on defending.
Both teams have a lot of attacking talent on show however so even though both teams will look to sure up the defence I can still see a goal or two being scored.
My final prediction?
I’m going for a 1-1 draw.
Once one team score they will sit deep and try and defend the slender lead, but eventually the other team will get through and then both sides will settle for a moral-boosting draw.
Neither team will want to lose, and a 1-1 draw is a good compromise.
If you’ve missed it, we teamed up with YeeHD to make a video on FIFA 15 between Arsenal versus Manchester United, in a fun “prediction” game to see who would win. If you want to see what happened, you can watch below: